Only in Canada. Last week the Canadian public was surprised to hear that one of our feature reporters for the CBC National news program had been kidnapped in Afghanistan a month before. It was only upon Melissa Fung’s release that the public heard anything. For the entire month she was being held for ransom, the story was reported.
It did my heart good. You see, sometimes even this sinful world of ours “gets it”. Rather than exploit the fate of this poor reporter for the bang of a great story, the exec’s at CBC asked for all media to NOT report the story, seeking instead the well-being of their employee. They held off on their industry’s natural inclinations to find the great story for the sake of someone else. Amen.
Melissa herself, on the day she was released, (and in typical Canadian style) was overheard to say to the representatives of the Afghan government who worked so hard to secure her release that she was sorry for causing them so much trouble. Again, despite what she had been through her initial concern was for the well-being of others. Further, when pressed by them to give details of how she was mistreated, she also commented that those who had abducted her treated her well throughout. She did not condone their actions, but she did not allow them to be unfairly vilified either. Again, Amen.
Sometimes we do indeed “get it”.
“The second commandment is like unto it. Love your neighbour as yourself” Jesus said. In a world where everything runs on the idolization of the self, it is refreshing to see glimmers of this golden rule shine through. In a world that is reeling from the effects of unregulated greed and self-serving attitudes, both in the social and economic spheres, how can you not help but feel a glimmer of hope when God’s truth peeks out of people’s words and actions?
Well, that was a week ago, and since the news broke, the story has been exploited to the full. Everyone from the boss down to the reporter has been hailed, congratulated, and interviewed. Everything is back to normal so to speak. But I won’t let it get me down. God’s law is indeed written upon people’s hearts. Every so often He shows us again. And where the Law has its say in the words and actions of even sinful people the Gospel can then do its work … and people get to see what “it” is all about – a God who loves us so much that He put us before Himself, refusing to vilify us, but doing everything needed to procure not a great story, but our rescue from sin, death, and the devil.
Sometimes we “get it” but often we don’t. For now I will happily wait for the next pleasant surprise.